So we have begun our 3-month stay at Ft. Jackson. At first I thought my hubby and I, on an extended “vacation,” no chores, no cooking. Just me and my honey hanging out in a hotel room together–how romantic!
We are finishing out our first month and let me tell you, as I am sure you know, I was extremely naïve! I guess that comes with the territory of being a newbie spouse.
The first morning we had gotten milk and cereal since all we have is a fridge and microwave. I thought my simple breakfast was a winner. Until I realized I had no bowl. No big deal; I will use the cups they have provided in the room. Until I realized we didn’t have any spoons. Guess dry cereal it is! So the next day I swiped some extra spoons from Marble Slab. Plus, pregnancy cravings without a proper kitchen are no joke. I can’t fix anything for myself!
Here are all the things no one tells you about living long-term in a hotel:
- There is only one room, so when your hubby has to be at PT by 5am, the lights are on before 4:30.
- When he has work to do, there is nowhere else to go to not distract him.
- Eating out 2 or 3 meals a day is harder than you’d think.
- The bed becomes the couch, dining room table, desk, dresser, and more.
- The shower is super tiny (more of a personal problem than an actual problem).
- Since everything here with you has to be put into 2 suitcases at the end, you will have minimal entertainment during the day while he works.
- 3 months is not enough time to get acclimated to the area, get a job, get involved in the community, make friends.
- Puppies and hotels are not an ideal mix.
- You will miss cooking.
- You will get a lot of quality time together (which is nice since we are about to spend a year apart).
- Lots of date nights!
- You will no longer eat sweet potatoes for every meal (my hubby’s favorite side dish for all meals!).
- Great excuse to travel and spend time with extended family (that I am taking an absence of during this PCS).
As difficult as this can be, I can only imagine it will become much more difficult to do this when we add a baby to this mix shortly! Right now, following my husband on his TDY works for us. But this is the smallest hotel room I have ever seen. I don’t even know where we would put the pack n’ play, let alone all the other stuff we’d need for baby!
So I am taking advantage of this situation while we can. Plus, I can’t imagine wasting our last three months together before we say, “See you later” for this upcoming assignment.
So if any of you more seasoned spouses have any advice for hotel living for newbie spouses like me, please send it my way!